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Death of Navalny Sparks Global Outcry: Calls for Justice Rise as Protests Erupt Against Putin’s Regime

UK's Cameron vows consequences for Navalny's death; US President Biden blames Putin, denouncing political imprisonment, sparking global condemnation.

The death of Alexei Navalny, a prominent Russian political activist, has been confirmed by his team, who have demanded the immediate return of his body to his family. Navalny passed away at 14:17 local time on February 16th while serving a lengthy sentence in a Siberian prison, as stated in a document received by his mother, Lyudmila.

His death has sparked protests and vigils near Russian embassies worldwide, highlighting his role as a vocal critic of Vladimir Putin. Despite warnings against rallying, more than 100 street protesters have been detained across Russian cities.

In response to Navalny’s death, UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron emphasized the need for consequences, mentioning that the UK is taking action. Navalny had been imprisoned since 2021 on charges considered to be politically motivated. US President Joe Biden has attributed responsibility for Navalny’s death to Vladimir Putin, marking a significant international condemnation.

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Previously, Russian media had reported the death of perhaps Putin’s most vociferous opposition leader, Navalny, while serving time in prison.

The death of Navalny leaves the country without a strong opposition voice to President Putin who has amassed so much power in the country. Navalny was serving prison terms for different charges that would have kept him behind bars until 2031. Many supporters of the anti-corruption campaigner said the charges were fabricated.


Alexei Navalny was a prominent Russian opposition leader, lawyer, and anti-corruption activist. Born on June 4, 1976, in Butyn, Soviet Union, Navalny has become one of the most influential figures in Russian politics outside the Kremlin’s control.

He is best known for founding the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), which has published detailed investigations into the corruption of Russia’s political elite, including high-ranking officials and members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

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These investigations have been widely disseminated through Navalny’s blog and social media platforms, earning him a large following both in Russia and internationally.

Navalny organized large-scale protests and rallies across Russia, calling for government reform, transparency, and the end of corruption. His activism made him a thorn in the flesh of Russian government, leading to his arrest on multiple occasions and legal battles on charges that he and his supporters claim were politically motivated.

In August 2020, Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent, which he and Western governments attributed to the Kremlin, although the Russian government denied involvement.

After spending several months in Germany recovering, Navalny returned to Russia in January 2021, where he was immediately arrested. He has since been sentenced to serve time in prison on charges related to parole violations and other allegations until the report of his death.

Navalny’s imprisonment drew international condemnation and called for his release, highlighting his role as a central figure in the opposition to President Putin’s rule.

Despite being behind bars, Navalny continued to be a symbol of resistance against corruption and authoritarianism in Russia, with his team and supporters continuing his work and organizing protests in his absence.

SourceBBC

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